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The Unitech Optimus 8500 eXP A RADEON 8500 tweaked out for the masses By -Chris Angelini May 29th, 2002   Like it or not, NVIDIA is currently dominating the high-performance video card market.  With an aggressive release schedule and undeniably impressive array of graphics processors, NVIDIA has maneuvered into a comfortable position of supremacy.  Between the GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX families, both the enthusiast and business markets are being bombarded with attractive products.  Furthermore, the GeForce4 Go does a commendable job delivering 3D to mobile customers.  NVIDIA is now clearly gunning for its main competition, ATI Technologies. ATI is more than just a formidable... Read more...
The Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600 Flashy Packaging with Substance! By - Robert Maloney May 2, 2002 There is an old saying that goes something like, "bigger is better".  This definitely seems to apply when talking about video cards. The GeForce 4 is the fourth generation in NVIDIA's GeForce line, and each new installment seems just that much bigger and better, than those that came before it. Today we are going to look at Chaintech's A-GT61.  This is Chaintech's "Special Edition" model using GeForce 4 Titanium 4600 technology, currently the flagship of their line of video cards. We feel this card is a beauty to behold, with its dark PCB board and golden heatsinks... Read more...
The Logitech Z-560 THX Certified 4.1 Speaker System High Performance and Fidelity At A Low Price By - Dave Altavilla December 9, 2001   It's that time of year.  In the PC Hardware and Peripherals industry, you almost can't keep up with the onslaught of new products hitting the market for the holiday season.  Likewise, the HotHardware Test and Tech Writer Team, almost can't keep up with the volume of new gadgets showing up in the lab for test and showcase.  The key word here is "almost", because we always seem to find a way to squeeze in an article on a new product or technology that really stands out and  gets our attention. Perhaps, that is a bit over the top... Read more...
  Flexus' Freetech Jupiter P6F99 A SIS Chip set Slot 1 Motherboard that sings sweetly!   Not a lot of folks have heard of Flexus Computer Technology nor their Freetech brand name motherboards, but we at Hot Hardware are going to help change that! Incorporated in 1990, Flexus has a mission to design quality motherboards and peripherals with a difference. Let's see if they have succeeded with respect to the Jupiter P6F99! Based around the SIS5600/5595 AGP chip set, this board has some unique features including on board Creative Labs Audio! The board has a 4/3/1 configuration, as you can see, and that leaves you plenty of option slots since you won't need a sound card in one of them! Here's... Read more...
  Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999 So how is that for fan fare?! The good folks at 3dfx invited us to their Super-Top-Secret Technology Summit on Tuesday, July 27th. Several Webmasters and Technical Writers from various web sites were invited down to this exclusive little party inside the ultra cool confines of 3dfx Headquarters in San Jose California. A big thanks go out to our gracious hosts Scott Sellers - Chief Technical Officer, Marla Kertzman- Direcfor of Public Relations and our good buddy Brian Burke - Public Relations Manager! Since I was in the process of moving Hot Hardware Headquarters to our new home base location, our on the scene... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999       Roadmaps and Miles Stones - The history and future of 3dfx Once upon a time, this little spin off / start-up out of Silicon Graphics, invented a great new 3D only graphics chip called Voodoo. -Yesterday Without getting into too much fairy tale talk, lets just say that Voodoo1's revolutionary RGBA Rendering and Frame Buffer along with its Real-Time Perspective Correct Texture Mapping, amazed PC Gaming enthusiasts from all walks of life. Never before had we seen the PC able to render scenes the likes of which only consoles could produce. All these great graphics with the functionality, complexity... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999     Hooray For Hollywood! No this isn't a Broadway show, this is the real deal. Or perhaps, depending on your perspective, the digitally animated artificial deal! :-) Regardless, 3dfx will bring to your PC these new features which will take your experience to more much realistic levels. Motion Blur Otherwise known as Temporal Anti-Aliasing, Motion Blur gives the user a sense of speed and movement. Images will move smoothly in transition from one frame to the next. The "T Buffer" will take multiple samples of a scene or an object in a scene, at various points in time, to bring in this effect. An... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999     Soft Shadows and Reflections Let's face it, the shadows that are drawn in today's games via today's hardware, are a little lame. Nowhere in nature does any object cast a shadow that is perfectly symmetrical, sharp or even squared off and boxy. Today's PC 3D Graphics Cards draw a very unnatural shadow and similarly unnatural reflections. Reflections and shadows bend slightly and warp depending on where the source lighting is coming from, in the event of a shadow or what the angle of the object versus what is casting a reflection of it, in the event of a reflection. This effect is currently achievable with... Read more...
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